Stash for Cushions!

Recent fabric acquitions have been used to make these cushions.

This one has been made using silk fabric from a sample book. I have used the creams and pinks to create a crazy patchwork design and then embellished it with machine and hand embroidery, vintage lace and buttons

This cushion has been made from cotton fabric collected at stash sales. The house and hearts were created using a Sissix die cut. They have then been appliqued onto cotton fabric

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Stencilling and Machine Embroidery

I have recently been busy dyeing fabric, stencilling and practising my free machine embroidery and below are some of the results

This panel was indigo dyed and then stamped before I stencilled the flowers on using a freezer paper stencil. Once this was complete I free machine embroidered each flower and finished them off with a little hand embroidery


And this is another panel that I have made and used to make a cushion.


I made this stencil on the scan and cut machine. I then painted the pineapples on fabric using markel sticks.


and used the finished panel to make a cushion!


And lastly, ths book cover has been made with a vintage antimacasser. The antimacasser has been dyed with procion dyes. I then machine embroidered around the daffodils and the turned it into a book cover!


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A Decorated Zip Bag

Yesterday I atttended a workshop run by CE member and good friend Fiona Ferguson – to make a decorated lined zip bag.


My main achievement was to put the zip in neatly – something that has always been a challenge so I was quite pleased with the end result – not couture standard but more than acceptable for a first effort.

And… this is my second attempt….


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A New Year of Crafting

Yesterday was a quiet day s what better way to spend it than in the sewing room. Having recently bought 5 metres of faux suede fabric which was going cheap because it might come in handy one day I set to work making some little bags that could be used for charity fundraising later in the year.

First off a batch of little Easter bunny bags….

Easter bunny bags

Easter bunny bags

and then a little bag lined with a scrap of cotton patchwork fabric with a sheep and wool design on it. I have decorated the front of the bag with with ribbon that says ‘ewe are so special’. I have made similar bags in the past which have been used as children’s knitting bags and they have contained small pairs of knitting needles and balls of wool.


Finally, I cut out a Scottie dog from a recycled Burberry skirt and embellished the front of the bag with it. And… the little dog is sporting a bit of bling with his diamante collar


I intend to make more of the Scottie dog bags to donate to the Ty Hafan Emporium in Cowbridge to boost their fundraising. The manager there runs a great craft group who are prolific in creating some amazing items for sale. It is certainly worth taking a look.

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Traveller’s Tales Quilt

A while ago I had an idea to make a lap quilt similar to one that I made for my daughter which was based on a pattern that I had seen in a quilting magazine. It was 9″ blocks with heart designs on them. My daughter’s quilt featured hearts but there was also a block with the Loch Ness monster on it as she then lived in Edinburgh and it has a daffodil on to reflect her birthplace – Wales. Her quillow can be viewed at the top of this page

The centre of my quilt and a couple of the blocks acknowledge Wales where I live but then I decided to add blocks and trimmings reminding me of places that I have visited around the world – New York (stencil picture and bow buttons), Stockholm (applique Dala horse and buttons), China (text fabric) , Mexico (Day of the Dead fabric), Amsterdam (Delph fabric) New Zealand (Pohutukawa fabric). And the back of the fabric is a reminder of my favourite place of all – India!


There are many other countries that I have visited and enjoyed that I was unable to include in the quilt – but that just gives me an excuse to make another one in the future!

Some of you might also notice that both quilts have a Scottie dog in there – how could you not include one of them!

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More Christmas Goodies

As they went down so well last year I have been making more Christmas sacks … and as well as using the reindeer image from last year I have created a Gingerbread man image, which looks quite cute!


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Advent Cushion

My latest make which is in demand is this Advent cushion. A novel idea with a lovely Christmas decoration which I found on my trip to new York last year!


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A Wallhanging for Christmas

On a visit to New Zealand in January this year I picked up a lovely pattern for a Christmas tree wallhanging and in time for the festive season I have made it!


The swirls are made with scraps of black print cotton fabrics and the circles and star are made from a corron print that I bought in New Zealand. It is stitched on to a linen background and embellished with tiny diamante before stretching on to an artists canvas.

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Christmas is Coming………

After muttering to myself that it was far too early to be having selection boxes and decorations in the shops I find myself planning a design for this years Christmas cards to send to friends! And below is one design that I have created.


First step was to dye the fabric which I then overprinted with a rollergraph. I then added foil and chose an embroidery stitch from my sewing machine to add a little texture. To finish off I added a wooden Christmas tree which was cut from a roll of Christmas string.

I have been experimenting with pipe cleaners to make these ones -a bit fiddly but they do look quite effective when completed. I have made a stamp with string to see what printed ones will look like?


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Transfer Art Paints and Kunin Felt

Continuing with the experimentation I took some white kunin felt and coloured it with transfer art paints to create decaying autumnal leaves.


The orange/yellow one on the left has been created by randomly painting computer paper with transfer art paints. The colours are then heat transferred to kunin felt and shaped by a soldering iron to give the desired effect.

The second leaf on the right has been created by layering vilene, polyester satin, tyvek and organza. I have zapped it with the soldering iron to make the leaf shape and then further coloured it with fabric crayons.

More experimentation to follow soon………

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